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When We Bomb Our Own Bases, It’s Not a Withdrawal, It’s a Disgraceful Retreat

What we have here is a disorderly retreat, otherwise known as a rout. Defeated troops hastily depart in the face of an enemy. American troops should not depart like we were routed.

U.S. troops bombed our own base in Syria because we were in such a rush to unass ourselves and let Turkey attack the PKK that we left our own ammunition stores behind.

“On Oct. 16, after all Coalition personnel and essential tactical equipment departed, two Coalition F-15Es successfully conducted a pre-planned precision airstrike at the Lafarge Cement Factory to destroy an ammunition cache, and reduce the facility’s military usefulness,” US Army Col. Myles Caggins, a spokesman for the US-led military coalition fighting ISIS, confirmed in a statement Wednesday.

US conducts airstrike on weapons storage site as troops pull out of Syria, CNN, October 16, 2019

A withdrawal is an organized logistical affair, where all supplies, materiel, weapons and ammunition are moved out of an area under cover of our troops, then the troops withdraw.

What we have here is a disorderly retreat, otherwise known as a rout. Defeated troops hastily depart in the face of an enemy. American troops should not depart like we were routed.

This is disgraceful. And it’s disgraceful that we have to bomb our own ammunition stores to keep them from falling into the hands of ISIS, whom we supposedly destroyed. The military has a portmanteau word for this kind of operation, and the first part of it is “cluster.”

Whatever strategic, or fifth-dimensional chess value this Syria “withdrawal” might have in the minds of Trumpists and the remora who follow them, the president’s decision and the way it was implemented is a dishonor to American armed forces. Forcing Americans to act as if we’ve been routed (insert visions of Saigon helicopters, or Desert One here) is not the way our military needs to be led. It’s unworthy of the men and women who wear the uniform, and it’s unworthy of their commander-in-chief.

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